Relatively Low Energy Content
More than 50% of PVC's feedstock is derived from salt, an abundantly available resource, which means that PVC consumes proportionally less non-renewable energy resources compared to other polymers and some common building materials. This contributes to the relatively low embodied energy in PVC products compared to other traditional materials.
Through post-industrial recycling, there is very little resource wastage during the production of PVC and its conversion to finished products. PVC-O pipe is the most material efficient of all pipe types.
Good thermal insulation properties of PVC pipes help to increase the energy efficiency of buildings.
Design for Durability
90% of PVC applications are designed for medium or long term use. PVC pipes is resistant to weathering, chemical attack, rotting, corrosion, shock, abrasion and vermin.
Vinyl products for both commercial and consumer applications require very little maintenance over their lifespan, offering outstanding triple bottom line sustainability - considering the long term benefits and impacts on human health and quality of life, commercial feasibility, and the natural environment.
Health and Safety
PVC pipe meets international and Australian standards for safety and health for both the products and applications for which it is used. As a lightweight and easy to install product, PVC pipes offers occupational health and safety advantages over some traditional materials such as cement, stoneware and ductile iron.
PVC is produced in Australia under strict environmentally governed manufacturing methods and meets all international guidelines. PVC manufacturing in Australia is not a source of dioxin emissions. PVC pipes' light weight also means less energy is expended in transportation.
While little end of life PVC is available from its building and construction applications in Australia as most is still in service, PVC is recyclable and there are several recycling programs for PVC products in Australia.